Equipment storage

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Phlodge
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Equipment storage
9 months ago

Hello

Like most people (I hope) I have a camera bag for all occaisons, these are based on size and purpose and there is no doubt I have more than I need.  And here's me thinking women have too many handbags.

I feel a visit to ebay coming on.

Anyway, none of these bags are large enough to hold all my equipment in one place (couple of bodies, say 5 lens and 2 speedlight flash's.)  My equipment seems to be all over the place and I like the idea of it all being together where I can see what it is and where it is.

I rarely go out with more than 2/3 lens, so the current plethora of bags more than fulfills that purpose.

I thought of buying a cupbard to put all the equipment in, then my thoughts drifted to a very large camera bag or a protective case, but the latter 2 are a bit pricey and probably more than  I need given that I probably would never go out with everything.

To date I have not resolved the matter although its leaning towards a cupboard of some sort, I just wondered what everyone seems to do regarding storing their equipment when its not being used.

Thought I would ask in case I have missed something unique or obvious.

Thanks for the help.

Phil.

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In reply to Phlodge, 9 months ago

I did have things on a cupboard, but it let dust in and it wasn't that convenient to move lenses and things about to see what is behind it. I now have a large bag for all my Nikon gear, and a medium bag for all my Fuji gear. I also have 2 smaller bags that I use to take whatever gear I need at the time.  This is more convenient and quicker.

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I just went through this. I have five lenses, one body and a compact camera plus the ususal assorment of filters, chargers and memory cards. I have them all in a padded drawer with internal dimmensions of 18" x 21". since evrything is visible I find it very convenient to reach in and take out whatever I want. BTW, I lined the bottom and the four sides with pieces cut from a 1/2" foam sleeping bag pad. In addition to cushioning everything it also tends to hold eerything in place. The drawer is just deep enough to allow clearance for my DSLR to stand upright with a lens attached.

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In reply to Phlodge, 9 months ago

I used old Samsonite hard shell suitcases without the liner.

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The Samsonite hardcase gives me flexibility in what I need to take to a photo shoot. The hardcase protects the equipment from all the wet and rough stuffs that go on near the football sideline.

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Most of my gear is stored in my safe.  My body and a few lenses stay in a Domke messenger bag.

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In reply to Phlodge, 9 months ago

I learned the hard way.

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I have a cupboard for my digital gear-- just a plain unfinished kitchen cabinet I bought at a big box home store for less than $40 US.  I have it set up on top of a low cabinet in my studio, braced on one side against my tall tool chest.  Two shelves inside with a bunch of little desiccant pouches scattered around (I have to buy a decent desiccant box). Batteries and chargers on the top shelf, alongside a B+H box full of bits and pieces.  On the lower shelf, which is really the bottom of the cabinet, padded with a couple of old T-shirts, are my cameras: the K-30 with one lens on it and the Fuji X10, and the extra lenses for the DSLR all in their little pouches.  The cameras are ready to go and can be in hand and ready to go very quickly.  I keep my stack of bags of various sizes on top of the cabinet and can pack whatever I need right there without too much trouble.

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In reply to Phlodge, 9 months ago

I missed understood you. You want storage, not a bag or case to transport your equipment. I use a set of plastic drawers to keep my equipment. It is as dust and outgas (after a while) free as anything that is not overly expensive.

BTW, is "cupboard" some English word for a dresser?

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But not with the guns, I hope-- I was always taught that penetrating gun oils can fog lenses if guns and cameras are stored together in tight quarters.

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In reply to Phlodge, 9 months ago

Get a G.I. foot locker plenty big enough and has a tray as well.

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But not with the guns, I hope-- I was always taught that penetrating gun oils can fog lenses if guns and cameras are stored together in tight quarters.

Nope - no guns.

Had to make shelves for it though.

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In reply to wasserball, 9 months ago

wasserball wrote:

BTW, is "cupboard" some English word for a dresser?

Yes.

Cupboard

I store my gear in one of these (from Ikea). All my cameras and lenses fit nicely and you can use plasic foam if you really want to stop things rolling around. These drawers are probably too shallow for a big DSLR with a lens mounted but I only have mirrorless and film cameras.

Chest of drawers

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wasserball wrote:

I missed understood you. You want storage, not a bag or case to transport your equipment. I use a set of plastic drawers to keep my equipment. It is as dust and outgas (after a while) free as anything that is not overly expensive.

BTW, is "cupboard" some English word for a dresser?

"Cup"-"Board" As in you open it up and there is a board (shelf) for storing cup's on

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Phlodge wrote:

Hello

Like most people (I hope) I have a camera bag for all occaisons, these are based on size and purpose and there is no doubt I have more than I need. And here's me thinking women have too many handbags.

I feel a visit to ebay coming on.

Anyway, none of these bags are large enough to hold all my equipment in one place (couple of bodies, say 5 lens and 2 speedlight flash's.) My equipment seems to be all over the place and I like the idea of it all being together where I can see what it is and where it is.

I rarely go out with more than 2/3 lens, so the current plethora of bags more than fulfills that purpose.

I thought of buying a cupbard to put all the equipment in, then my thoughts drifted to a very large camera bag or a protective case, but the latter 2 are a bit pricey and probably more than I need given that I probably would never go out with everything.

To date I have not resolved the matter although its leaning towards a cupboard of some sort, I just wondered what everyone seems to do regarding storing their equipment when its not being used.

Thought I would ask in case I have missed something unique or obvious.

Thanks for the help.

Phil.

Our flat is real damp and camera insurance is extortionate so everything lives in ziplock bag's in the safe, which was a fifth of the price of a years camera insurance. 5 lenses, 2 body's, 3 flash's, lightmeter, diffuser baffles, etc,etc are a real pain to get out and then put back into their bag's after use. Zip lock bags are cheaper than paying more rent for a dryer place though

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In reply to Phlodge, 9 months ago

Hey there

Apologies for not responding sooner to your help, I have been away from a computer since I posted the original question.

Many thanks for getting back to me with your options and thoughts, I think I am leaning towards a cupboard and probably a trip to my local Ikea may inspire me.

I am looking to have a good clear out over the coming weeks and reorganise my office/study at home to be a bit more efficient when it comes to all things photographic.  In doing so I hope to improve my workflow which sort of just happens as opposed to having any structure, in simple terms its a bit messy.

Your help is most appreciated and many thanks once again.

Phil.

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yardcoyote wrote:

But not with the guns, I hope-- I was always taught that penetrating gun oils can fog lenses if guns and cameras are stored together in tight quarters.

It you're in an environment where you needed that much oil on your guns, the cameras would be toast anyway.

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Phlodge wrote:

Hello

Like most people (I hope) I have a camera bag for all occaisons, these are based on size and purpose and there is no doubt I have more than I need. And here's me thinking women have too many handbags.

I can relate

I feel a visit to ebay coming on.

Anyway, none of these bags are large enough to hold all my equipment in one place (couple of bodies, say 5 lens and 2 speedlight flash's.) My equipment seems to be all over the place and I like the idea of it all being together where I can see what it is and where it is.

If you can find one of those large backpacks that can fit it all, it's a good way to protect the gear and have it in one place. Otherwise if it's not going to be moved much (or for some of the less-used components), one of those large plastic boxes with wheels & a lid do a good job storing a fair amount of gear.

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wasserball wrote:

I missed understood you. You want storage, not a bag or case to transport your equipment. I use a set of plastic drawers to keep my equipment. It is as dust and outgas (after a while) free as anything that is not overly expensive.

BTW, is "cupboard" some English word for a dresser?

"Cup"-"Board" As in you open it up and there is a board (shelf) for storing cup's on

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Yea, I have several of them in the kitchen. They are attached to the walls. I put plates in them too, but I have never heard of anyone storing camera lens in there as well.

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In reply to Phlodge, 9 months ago

Phlodge wrote:

Hello

Like most people (I hope) I have a camera bag for all occaisons, these are based on size and purpose and there is no doubt I have more than I need. And here's me thinking women have too many handbags.

I feel a visit to ebay coming on.

Anyway, none of these bags are large enough to hold all my equipment in one place (couple of bodies, say 5 lens and 2 speedlight flash's.) My equipment seems to be all over the place and I like the idea of it all being together where I can see what it is and where it is.

I rarely go out with more than 2/3 lens, so the current plethora of bags more than fulfills that purpose.

I thought of buying a cupbard to put all the equipment in, then my thoughts drifted to a very large camera bag or a protective case, but the latter 2 are a bit pricey and probably more than I need given that I probably would never go out with everything.

To date I have not resolved the matter although its leaning towards a cupboard of some sort, I just wondered what everyone seems to do regarding storing their equipment when its not being used.

Thought I would ask in case I have missed something unique or obvious.

I'm in a warm, humid environment, although the air conditioning keeps the humidity down to a safe level when I'm in town, I travel and then the air conditioning is off. My solution is the use of dry cabinets for bodies, lenses & filters.

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